Orchid Delirium, Daffodil Days, Painted Garden Delight the Senses at Powell Gardens

Launched in 2022, Orchid Delirium returns March 3 – April 16, 2023, featuring rotating, select blooms from Powell Gardens’ 2,000-piece orchid collection, representing 50+ different genera. Orchids have captured the imagination and interest of humankind for centuries, including Powell Gardens’ own Brent Tucker, Lead Horticulturist, Collections.

Tucker’s love for these unique plants began at a young age with an orchid-of-the-month subscription. “I love the color, pattern, and texture that orchids exhibit. I never grow tired of them because [orchids] are truly exotic and being the largest flowering plant family in the world there is an infinite combination of those qualities I find intriguing.”

This year’s Orchid Delirium exhibition display features colorful orchid displays and companion plants. View bold moth orchids suspended from the Conservatory ceiling, find hidden orchids nestled within the landscape of companion tropical plants, and don’t forget to check out the stunning Lady’s Slipper orchid display in the Perennial Lounge. Next, head over to Garden Galleries for another indoor treat featuring a botanical interpretation of a rainy day in the garden. Immerse yourself in the design featuring blue and yellow suspended umbrellas, complete with hanging glass teardrop terrariums with a special botanical surprise inside, and a lovely surrounding botanical display.

After stretching your legs in the Gardens, remember to stretch your brain with one of Powell Gardens’ many educational classes! Each class aims to bring knowledge and understanding of the world around us. Check out all the options for March below. Please note, class tickets are a separate purchase from admission. To reserve your spot, purchase tickets at powellgardens.org/calendar.

  • Gardening 101 – March 4, 2023, 10-11 a.m.
  • Orchid Doctor – March 4, 2023, 1-4 p.m.
  • Horticulture Happy Hour: All About Orchids – March 11, 2023, 4-5 p.m.
  • Orchid Symposium – March 18, 2023, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Book Club: The Botanist’s Daughter – March 25, 2023, 10-11 a.m.
  • Garden to Glass: Killer Bee Cocktail – March 25, 2023, 3-4 p.m.
  • Work and Learn: Tree Pruning – March 30, 2023, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Daffodil Days, a brand-new initiative, will showcase the vibrancy and power of a mass planting featuring 100,000+ daffodils on the East Lawn. Look for containers featuring these lovely springtime plants on the Visitor Center terrace wall and throughout the Heartland Harvest Garden. We welcome you to the Gardens March 29 – April 9, 2023, as a new season emerges! We anticipate daffodils to peak in late March and early April, but this event is weather and bloom dependent.

Another great way to welcome spring is by learning something new! There’s always more to discover at Powell Gardens, so mark your calendars with all your April options below. Please note, class tickets are a separate purchase from admission. To reserve your spot, purchase tickets at powellgardens.org/calendar.

  • Lunchtime Lecture: All About Sunchokes AKA Jerusalem Artichokes – April 15, 2023, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Garden to Glass: Daffodil Driver – April 8, 2023, 4-5 p.m.
  • Celebrate Earth Day! – April 22-23, 2023

After a long winter, Powell Gardens will cheerfully welcome Painted Garden April 29-May 31, 2023, featuring artist Rachel Hayes and colorful botanic displays with inventive floral design.

Hayes, resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but native of Kansas City, Missouri, received her BFA in Fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI). She went on to complete her MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Hayes utilizes fabric to craft large-scale works with an interest in inserting color and form into both built and natural environments. Read more about Hayes and her work at www.rachelbhayes.com.

Painted Garden will also feature special events perfect for family and friends alike. Mark your calendars for Mother’s Day Brunch on May 13-14, 2023, and Rosé & Croquet on May 19, 2023.

Visit powellgardens.org for tickets and more information!

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